Be Still – A Woman After God’s Own Heart
gsWomen’s Fall Retreat
Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 20, 2019
Being Still. It can be SO VERY HARD to slow down in the midst of our busy lives so we can really rest in the love of our Heavenly Father and tap into His joy and power! Retreat 2019, Be Still, A Woman After God’s Own Heart, will be filled with new teaching, activities and community building to help you find rest and know God more.
Price varies $105-$180 / person
On October 18-20, 2019, we’ll be enjoying beautiful Camp Geneva, along the shores of Lake Michigan. We got wonderful feedback last year about how much you all enjoyed the opportunities to build connections with your Gracespring sisters as we worshipped, played, ate and prayed as one big family. We will be digging into new aspects of the theme of BE STILL and because you all raved about your quiet time, we are considering how we could allow even more time to relax and bask in God’s presence in the midst of some of his most beautiful handiwork!
Retreat 2019 begins with dinner Friday night and runs through breakfast & worship Sunday morning. All meals, activities, accommodations, crafts etc. are included in the registration price. Space is limited. Please mark your calendar, reserve your spot and plan to join us for a refreshing weekend away this fall!
Who is our Speaker?
Julie Thompson is a West Michigan girl with Dutch DNA and a rich family legacy of Faith. She trusted Jesus Christ as her savior at a young age yet it wasn’t until her own children began to grow that she truly understood the transformative power of God’s Word. Her career as a cardiac nurse treating the physical heart then pivoted to a role of bible teacher attending to the spiritual heart of women as she began teaching with Bible Study Fellowship. She is in her 8th year teaching the BSF Kalamazoo Evening Women’s class.
Julie is a wife to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, a mom to adult children and a new Mimi to her first granddaughter. She loves Lake Michigan, lazy evenings, afternoon naps, coffee & spending time with women who are honest in their brokenness. She has been a part of Gracespring for 20 years and LOVES the challenges of serving in our 1 year old nursery!
Hotel Style Housing: In the Retreat Center are Hotel-Style Rooms, each with a private bathroom and two queen beds. On your registration form, you may choose “Shared Hotel Room – Shared Queen Bed” or “Shared Hotel Room – Queen Bed to Myself”. As the Hotel-Style rooms are very limited, and we ran out of them quickly, please use your best discretion when choosing to have your own bed.
Cabin Style Housing: Each Bunk House opens to a small sitting room and has 6 bunk beds (sleeps 12 at most but we try to keep them to no more than 9) and an attached bathroom with multiple stalls and showers. On the registration form, you may choose “cabin bunk – no preference” or “cabin bunk – lower needed”.
*Your registration form allows you to request room-mates and let us know if you are a night owl (tend to stay up late) or an early bird.
Meeting Space: NORMALLY, this is not all that worth mentioning but this year we get to use the newly remodeled Chapel with sliding glass doors that open up to a waterside deck overlooking Lake Michigan. It’s a space reserved for JUST OUR GROUP! It’s truly beautiful and just invites you to be still and just breathe! Ahhhhhhhh……Can you just feel the peace washing over you already?
6:00 pm Registration
6-8 pm “Dinner” and 24 hour snack buffet
8 pm – Opening Session
9-11 pm Activity Block
7:30 a.m. Optional Sunrise Activities
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 Sessions 2 & 3
11:15 – Be Still
2:00-6:00 Free Time Activities
6:00 – Dinner
7:30 – Session 4
9:00 -11:00 – Activity Block
7:30 Optional Sunrise Activities
9:30 Session 5
What to Bring
What to bring:
A Snack: to share for our 24-hour snack station. We will NOT have access to refrigeration so if you need to keep something cold, please bring a cooler with ice. Because of allergies, it would be SUPER helpful if you label ingredients on homemade items.
Clothing: Casual, comfortable clothing in layers. Be prepared for more unpredictable lakeshore breezes and weather. Good walking shoes, modest sleepwear, rain gear (as needed). *All housing is heated.
Personal Items: Bath items, sunscreen, bug spray.
In the Cabins: Linens are NOT provided. Please bring pillows, twin bedding or sleeping bags, towels, washcloths etc.
In the Retreat Center Hotel-Style Rooms: bedding and towels are provided.
Meals: All meals except Friday night’s arrival dinner will be served Buffet Style in the main dining room. On Friday Night we will have a light supper available as you arrive, served in the back of the chapel, from approximately 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Snacks and water will be available 24-7 in the back of the chapel. Coffee is available 24/7 just outside the main dining room.
Activities: If you have been to past retreats, you know they have been busy with “doing”. As we dig into the theme of BE STILL a bit more this year, and because of the great feedback we got about quiet time last year, we are going to spend time just “being”. There will still be plenty to do but come expecting a slower pace and more opportunities to connect through activities with other gracespring women and with the Lord. Here’s some of what we have planned: Sunrise, Spa Room, Prayer Walks, Volleyball, Gym Activities, Game Room Activities, Game Night, Campfires, Smores, 24-hour Snack Station, Prayer Room, Movie Night, Crafts, Volleyball, Frisbee Golf & More!
About out Theme: What does it mean to be a woman after God’s Own Heart? Our Biblical Example comes from the life of King David. David. The adulterer. The murderer. The hot-mess parent. Regardless of David’s sin and shortcomings, he knew the character of God. He drew close to the Lord, he worshipped Him and he waited with faithful expectation for the Lord to deliver on His promises.
Do you need to know more of who God is? Do you need to draw nearer? Do you just need to stop and worship? It’s our prayer as a women’s ministry team that God will use this weekend away to develop you into a woman after His own heart, as together, we draw close and rest in Him.
How far is Camp Geneva from gracespring?
About 1 hour 17 minutes from Gracespring. From the Southeast: Take US-131 north to M6. Take M6 to I-196 and continue west to Exit 55 (Holland/Zeeland) which will put you on Business 196 heading west. Take Business 196 west to US-31 (approximately 6 miles). Take US-31 north to Quincy Street (approximately 2 miles north of Westshore Mall). Take Quincy Street west to Camp Geneva (approximately 5.5 miles).
Can I carpool with someone?
Yes! You will be asked on your registration form if you’d like to carpool and approximately when you are able to depart. We will arrange for at least two “meet-up” times for departure and will email everyone with those times closer to departure.
Are we doing anything after camp on Sunday?
Nothing formal. But we will have some optional sign-ups for some activities in and around the Holland area for Sunday afternoon if extending your getaway in this beautiful part of Michigan fits into your schedule!
Can I come for just one night? Can I come just for the day?
You could, BUT you would pay the same bunkhouse rates.
How many people will there be per room?
The hotel rooms will accommodate up to 4 in two queen beds. If you reserve your own queen bed there could be 2-3. In the bunk houses there are 12 bunks. We are hoping to put no more than 10 per bunkhouse. Both the hotel facilities and the bunkhouses are very close to the dining hall and meeting space and everything is fairly well connected with sidewalks and roads.
What if I register but have to cancel?
We are committed to a specific number of attendees with the camp. If you need to cancel we will do our best to help you fill your spot and refund you. If we are unable to fill your spot we will not be able to issue a refund.
How would my family contact me in an emergency?
Camp Geneva: 616-399-3150